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Stephanie V. Kotecki

Stephanie V. Kotecki

July 5, 2020

Stephanie V. Kotecki, 81, of Eau Claire, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born May 6, 1939 in Stanley, WI to Joseph and Bernice (Symbol) Szczech. She is a 1957 graduate of Thorp High School. She married her best friend Frank Kotecki on August 22, 1959 in Thorp. Frank survives.

Stephanie is further survived by two sons, Don (Roberta) of Chippewa Falls, Brian (Tracy) of Oak Creek; Daughter in Law, Jami of Eau Claire; ten wonderful grandchildren, Andrew (Kimberly), Nicholas (Theresa), Megan (Ty) Fadness, Danielle (Chad), Dylan (Payton), Dayna (Jake), Sydny (Trevor), Cole (Lucy), Kyle and Zac; five great grandchildren, Liam and Markus Kotecki, JJ, Crosby and Baylor Fadness; three step grandchildren, Nick (Suellen), Jenna (Johnny), Jake Jenneman; three sisters, Joanne (George) Konieczny, Carol (John) Szymanski and Mary Boh; sister in law Mona Szczech and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son Gregory, brothers Frank and Joseph, brother in law Bill Boh.

Stephanie worked for Reserve Life Insurance in Eau Claire and in 1979 went to work for the State of Wisconsin in the Unemployment Compensation Division. She retired from there in 1998.

She enjoyed sewing, crafting, baking and decorating wedding cakes, camping, polka dancing, gardening, fishing, cooking, canning, traveling and spending time down south.

She was proud of her sons and the work ethic she instilled in them all.

Stephanie was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Eau Claire.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday July 13, 2020 at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona (behind Charter Spectrum.) Father James Kurzynski will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Private inurnment will take place at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. The service will be live streamed on the Chippewa Valley Cremation Services Facebook Page.

Memorial donations in honor of Stephanie can be given to a charity or organization of the donor’s choice.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com


Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Temperature checks will be taken at the door and masks are preferred but optional for those in attendance.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday July 13, 2020 at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona (behind Charter Spectrum.)

Florist Information

Brent Douglas Flowers - 715-831-0997, All floral arrangements must be delievered by 8:30 AM, Monday July 13, 2020.


  • Peter Hestekin A memorial in her honor was sent to "Sofas for Service" by Arnold and Irene Johnson of Altoona, WI.

    We are sorry for her passing but appreciate your thoughtfulness in honoring her memory with a gift to aid our Veterans in need.

    July 25 at 4:39pm

  • Lori Kevin Ufret Frank we were so sorry to hear about your honey. We know how deeply she will be missed. Our prayers are with you and the family. Love Kevin and Lori

    July 16 at 7:53am

  • Jim Abens Dear Frank & family, I was very sorry to hear of Stephanie's passing. I always enjoyed seeing Stephanie in my Chiro office. She would tell me the TRUTH about how Frank hurt his back. Hope you all can find grace & peace. Blessings on you all. Jim Abens

    July 14 at 9:37am

  • Mark and Nancy Bridges Frank and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Accept our heartfelt condolences.

    July 13 at 11:19AM

  • John and Penny Helwig Frank, our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Steph was a great lady. May peace be with you all.

    July 13 at 7:43AM

  • Jesse & Stephanie Kotecki & Family Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers!

    July 11 at 3:20PM

  • Jolanta D. Grzeszkowiak I wish I could be there with you all on Monday, July 13th. I am so sorry for your loss, hold on to your memories. I am so glad I came to see you both just about a year ago. I will never forget that day, its a day to remember. An old friend, Jolanta

    July 11 at 2:04PM

  • Wayne and Ceil Sime Frank and Family--So sorry for your loss. We send our condolences. We will miss Stephanie and remember the good times we had at family gatherings. There really are no words for loss of a spouse but we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. With much sympathy, Wayne and Ceil Sime

    July 9 at 4:13PM

  • Phil & Pam Prusak Frank & family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Steph's passing. Always enjoyed
    conversation with the two of you. Over the years she was such a wealth of info concerning job info. May your memories be of some comfort to you all at this sad time. RIP Steph. .

    July 7 at 3:43PM

  • Celia Chura Vertnik Frank & Family - We are so sorry for your loss. The Szczech Family were great neighbors. Our parents had a special friendship that has left us, their children, with many special memories. May your memories bring you peace.
    The Chura Family

    July 7 at 12:11PM

  • Debbie Bowe Words cannot express how the loss of your loved one leaves an ache in your heart. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Deb Bowe

    July 6 at 10:03PM

  • gunoPatricia Seymour Stephanie was a lovely person whom I met in Gulf Shores at Luxury RV resort. We enjoyed so many times as neighbors and she was like sister. She will be missed greatly I know. My deepest sympathy to Frank and her family.

    July 6 at 5:27PM

  • Mark And Deb Benning We would like to offer our condolences to the family. You are all in our prayers.

    July 6 at 5:24PM

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